D. Elwood "Woody" Clinard
Lifetime Achievement in Philanthropy
Nominated by Family Services of Forsyth County, Imprints Cares, and READ WS

Winston-Salem native D. Elwood “Woody” Clinard has spent his life investing his time, money, and creativity to enrich our community. Together with his late wife Helen, Woody became passionate about supporting children, families, and education early on. From 1966 to 1968, he served on the Board of Directors of Family Services. A year later, in 1969, realizing how important the early years of learning were, he and Helen helped to found the Association for the Benefit of Child Development, the forerunner of what is today Imprint Cares.   

Over 20 years ago, he became involved with Planned Parenthood to help young people become knowledgeable about their own bodies so that they could make informed decisions. In providing this support, he came to understand a deeper problem—some kids could not read. Since then, he has served as a literacy tutor first at Old Town and then at Read Write Spell. Woody is still involved in Planned Parenthood, Imprint Cares, and Family Services along with several other local non-profits: the Hispanic League, Forsyth Education Partnership, Dress for Success, Habitat for Humanity, Senior Services, Children of Vietnam, REACH Conference for Women, Freedom Schools, El Buen Pastor Latino Community Services, American Friends Service Committee, Bread for the World, UNCTV, WFDD, Exceptional Citizens’ Week at Camp Fatina, Crop Walk, and Friendship Force of Central North Carolina.  

Woody is always ready to respond to the greatest need—whether that’s serving on the Board, starting a non-profit, establishing the D. Elwood Charitable Trust, chairing a capital campaign, tutoring children after school, participating in community conversations or recruiting community members to support a cause.  He doesn’t shy away from the non-glamorous sides of community service. Instead, he says, “Let me know if you need some help with your work.” And he means it.  

At 90 years old, Woody is not slowing down and his impact on our community will be felt for many years to come! 

"Supporting nonprofits enables me to help change the world, providing a more fulfilling life and greater happiness for others in the world. (I support foster children around the world and am building kindergartens in Viet Nam, etc.) Most important is giving through my own skills, as in tutoring, reading and serving on boards of nonprofits. Helping others is the greatest joy in my life!"

- Woody Clinard